Reducing the chance of developing a diesel cabin odour
Changing the primary fuel filter and draining the bowl during the engine service runs a high risk of splashing diesel about the engine. Equally a badly sealed fuel filter can drip fuel. This fuel then sticks to the surface with the excess seeping down into the bilge. This causes the cabin to develop a diesel-mildew odour.
Keeping a wintered boat well ventilated under the cover with companionway ventilation
Covering a boat for the winter period is an excellent way to keep it in good condition and reduce maintenance. However the canopy will dramatically reduce airflow and the lack of ventilation can make the boat go very stale below decks.
Avoiding fender rolling chafe
Laying alongside in a chop, or near a very busy waterway where the wash of passing boats rolls in, will cause a vessel to continuously jostle back and forth upon the fenders.
Protecting a wintered vessel from boot grit whilst carrying out work on it ashore
Hard standing wintered boats are typically stored in mud yards that have been filled by shale or gravel. This sticks into the treads of work boots. As people come and go from the vessel it gets carried aboard and trodden in around the boat.
Protecting the rudder and tiller when leaving the vessel unattended
The rudder and tiller will move around on the boat when the vessel is left unattended.
Avoiding exhaust stains
Black exhaust stains tend to build up beneath the exhaust outlet.
Keeping a wintered boat well ventilated under the cover by opening up the portholes
Covering a boat for the winter period is an excellent way to keep it in good condition and reduce the spring clean up work. However the canopy will dramatically reduce airflow and the lack of ventilation can make the boat go very stale below decks.
Reducing polishing maintenance on brass and bronze
Bronze or brass trimming features such as bells, cleats, winch heads, mast heads, gallows legs, wheel, gauge bezels, galley hardware, fuel caps etc look sensational; particularly so on traditional vessels. However they can go black in the marine environment in a matter of weeks if not days.
Removing rust marks and stains
Accidentally leave a piece of ferrous metal on deck and it will quickly cause a rust mark to bond with your paint work. Small metal filings just collect over time and leave a rusty residual. Or in my case topside bolt heads, even thought they were stainless steel, just slowly bleed light rust marks down the gel coat. Once they appear the impossible to remove.
Protecting the topsides from the mooring buoy
Once the moorings have been picked up and belayed the vessel has a tendency to run on pulling the mooring buoy tight against the hull. This also may happen whilst unattended on moorings. If wind and current are turning about or working in opposition yachts have a tendency to press forward against a mooring buoy.
Reducing washboard brightwork maintenance and ventilating a wintered boat
If you cannot cover a wintered vessel the bright work will endure a challenging winter environment that will cause degradation. Sealed wintered boats are also subject to mould damage and can develop a stale and unpleasant smell.
How to reduce winch maintenance
Winches maintenance is infrequent but a large and time consuming task when it comes around. Once their finish has degraded it is very expensive to recoat.
Preventing lifting soles boards from scratching surrounding vertical surfaces and jamming
Modern yachts tend to set lifting sole boards right up against vertical surfaces. In time these boards tend to swell and jam so they have to be yanked out. As this happens they strike and scratch the adjacent surfaces.
Keeping a wintered boat in good condition
Hard standing boats have to endure the full force of the winter elements. In addition they are typically stored in industrial areas or near towns. This causes a build up coat of grime and pollutants from nearby business or, in my case, I had the vessel blackened by the coal burnt through the winter by a small town.
Rejuvenating a spray hood’s water resistance
Spray hoods become slightly porous after four or five years of constant sunshine. Once this happens they loose their waterproofing capability.
Protecting the bow from anchor strikes
The anchor has a tendency to swing back and strike the bow gel coat when being lifted.
Reducing varnished brightwork maintenance
Most yachts have varnished wooden details above decks. This degrades quickly under strong sun (ultraviolet) light and damp conditions. Once the varnished surface degrades the wood is susceptible to water damage very quickly and once this happens you have lost it.
Making engine maintenance easier
Engines are typically inaccessible and away from natural light. This makes it very difficult to identify developing surface issues that could be readily apparent in good light. It also makes it uncomfortable, unnecessarily slow and frustrating to address and service.
Make engine maintenance more comfortable
Engines are typically buried in the bowels of a yacht and are often hot when they require attention. If sailing in warm climates the engine compartment or engine room can become very uncomfortable.
How to preserve teak work without continual maintenance
Most yachts have wooden details above decks providing warmth and traditional charm. This degrades quickly under strong sun (ultraviolet) light and/or continual damp conditions. Some woods and particularly so teak decking and gratings for example can be selected to grey naturally but this is not the case with trim or detailing. Keeping this detailing woodwork in good condition requires a time-consuming routine of regular oiling or varnishing.
Preventing marine growth from building above the waterline on a long-distance cruising yacht.
Cruising yachts find they quickly acquire a ring of green algae growth on the topsides just above the waterline. It is very difficult to remove and despite best scrubbing efforts it will continuously return.
Removing stripes and stickers from boats
Boat stripes and stickers tend to degrade and look bad in time. Although they can be removed and replaced it is not easy to get the originals off. The usual approach is to heat the stickers with a hairdryer and then scrape them off with a wide chisel.
How to keep a yacht’s varnished wood trim in good condition
Most yachts have varnished wooden details above decks. This degrades quickly under strong sun (ultraviolet) light and/or continual damp conditions and you can loose it very quickly to water damage.
Protecting the topsides when coming alongside a rough harbour wall
Some harbour walls are too uneven or rough for fenders to adequately protect the vessels top sides.
How to smooth out the black caulking in teak deck joints.
Manufacturers and suppliers of teak deck caulking recommend using a flexible putty knife to smooth out freshly squeeze-out caulking.